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Can a single strand of hair be used to monitor exposure to toxic metals?

Hair is a growing keratinous tissue comprised of sulfur. As such, the sulfur in the hair can bind the many elements present in circulating blood, including toxic metals. Since hair is metabolically inert once formed, the elements retained in the tissue become locked in, so as the hair grows it can record changes in blood element concentrations over time. Using laser ablation on single strands of...

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Crystal Meth: Developing respectful approaches and solutions for Indigenous health

There is limited data available on methamphetamine use, particularly among the Indigenous population in Canada. Much of the information and research on this substance is dated, as it was developed primarily in the early 2000's during the first surge of the methamphetamine crisis. This webinar is intended to provide public health professionals and organizations with basic information about the...

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Workshop: Evidence Integration in Chemical Assessments: Challenges Faced in Developing and Communicating Human Health Effect Conclusions

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a workshop on evidence integration, which is a summary step of the systematic review in human health assessments conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The overall aim of this workshop is to explore strategies for addressing challenges that arise during evidence integration. Through presentations, discussions,...

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Workshop: Understanding the Interplay of Environmental Stressors, Infectious Disease, and Human Health

This free workshop will examine emerging research findings on the impact of chemical exposures (e.g. airborne particulate matter, heavy metals, and pesticides) and environmental disruptions (e.g. natural disasters and climate instability) on human susceptibility to infectious agents. Workshop participants, including experts on infectious disease, global public health, toxicology, environmental...

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Case report: Environmental exposure to arsenic

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Canadian Health Measure Survey (CHMS) cycle 3 results: National survey of selected volatile organic compounds in Canadian residences

The Air Health Science and the Exposure and Biomonitoring Divisions at Health Canada are inviting you and your group to participate in our next Air-Health webinar. This webinar series is designed to provide a forum for communities to exchange information about health risks from air quality and effective measures to protect health.      

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Ambient Air Pollution and the Risk of Childhood-onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This presentation will summarize the results from a study investigating the effects of ambient air pollution on the risk of developing pediatric-onset IBD using Ontario administrative health data. In-utero and childhood residential exposures to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone (O3) were evaluated in terms of their potential associations with IBD diagnosed before...

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American Public Health Association (APHA) - Drinking Water and Lead Service Lines: Partnering to Protect Public Health

Lead exposure contributes to cognitive impairments, behavioral problems and lowered IQ. While there is no safe level of lead exposure, lead can be found in dust in our homes, air, soil, and drinking water. Lead service lines are the largest source of lead in drinking water - with an estimated 6-10 million lead service lines bringing water to taps across the U.S. Following the tragedy in Flint,...

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